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Neumann joins Fells

Published:  05 July, 2021

Stefan Neumann MS has joined John E Fells in the role of wine consultant, to work alongside the London and regional wine teams.

Neumann, who was wine director at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and Dinner, will be stepping up to a new position “created to focus specifically on the prestige wines and ports” within the Fells portfolio, according to the company.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to work hand in hand with a number of wineries that are institutions in their region. I find joy and excitement in matching wine and people to create the best experiences, so this is a perfect job for me,” said Austrian-born Neumann.

“I look forward to working with the Fells team, the broad portfolio and Fells’ customers and some exceptional wines.”

Fells’ MD and executive chairman Steve Moody added: “This significant appointment cements Fells’ commitment to the prestige on-trade. We take this sector extremely seriously and this new role shows our determination to put more focus on this key area for our business – we look forward to welcoming Stefan to our team.”

In addition to spending 11 years with Blumenthal, Neumann’s impressive CV includes formative time at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, and he gained his master sommelier qualification in 2017.

At Fells he will initially be spending three days a week working alongside the Fine Wine teams, providing support for all aspects of the business, from customer support to wine tastings, training and events.

Fells, which is jointly owned by Symington Family Estates, Familia Torres and the Hill-Smith family of Yalumba, represents a high-end portfolio of leading family-owned estates, tracing its roots back to 1838.